Ralph Arida’s Oscars

Behind every film critic is a hidden and guilty desire to be a part of the Oscars’ jury and decide who gets the much-coveted award. There is also, in my case, the strong need to shove the academy’s political antics up its voters asses, as each passing year I find myself disappointed at the nominations and flat-out disgusted at some of the winners. I also do not understand the academy’s acute lack of memory, as usually any movie that is out in theatres before September, whether it is the best movie of the year or not, is completely neglected by the academy. So here is my own personal list of Oscar nominations (based on what I have seen of course) featuring some brand new categories:

Actor in a Supporting Role:

Steve Zahn- Rescue Dawn
Jason Schwartzman- The Darjeeling Limited
Javier Bardem- No Country For Old Men
Albert Finney- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Hal Holbrook- Into the Wild

Actress in a Supporting Role:

Joan Allen- The Bourne Ultimatum
Meryl Streep- Lions for Lambs
Tilda Swinton- Michael Clayton
Hope Davis- The Hoax
Cate Blanchett- I’m Not There

Actor in a Leading Role:

Chris Cooper- Breach
Ben Kingsley- You Kill Me
Tommy Lee Jones- In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen- Eastern Promises
Joaquin Phoenix- We Own the Night

Actress in a Leading Role:

Christina Ricci- Black Snake Moan
Parker Posey- Broken English
Naomie Watts- Eastern Promises
Angelina Jolie- A Mighty Heart
Katherine Heigl- Knocked Up

Writing (Original Screenplay):

In the Valley of Elah
The Darjeeling Limited
Rescue Dawn
Black Snake Moan
You Kill Me

Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

Atonement
No Country for Old Men
The Bourne Ultimatum
There Will Be Blood
Into the Wild

Cinematography:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Rescue Dawn
No Country for Old Men
Zodiac
3:10 to Yuma

Film Editing:

The Bourne Ultimatum
A Mighty Heart
Rescue Dawn
Eastern Promises
No Country for Old Men

Animated Feature Film:

Ratatouille
Persepolis
The Simpsons Movie

Direction

No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
Rescue Dawn
American Gangster
The Darjeeling Limited

Best Picture:

No Country for Old Men
Black Snake Moan
Rescue Dawn
Atonement
The Darjeeling Limited

Most Overrated Movie at the Oscars this Year:

Juno
Surf’s Up

Most Absurd Nomination at the Oscars this Year:

Surf’s Up- Animated Feature Film
Ruby Dee- Actress in a Supporting Role- American Gangster

Biggest Shun at the Oscars this Year:

Rescue Dawn
The Darjeeling Limited
Black Snake Moan

Happy Oscars!
Ralph Arida